Yarn Bee Soft & Sleek Review – My New Go-To

Yarn Bee Soft & Sleek Review – My New Go-To


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Yarn Bee Soft & Sleek in Berry Mix - Look at those stripes..... The verigated colors are stunning.
Yarn Bee Soft & Sleek in Berry Mix – Look at those stripes….. The verigated colors are stunning.

Hi everyone! So, for my very first yarn review, Yarn Bee Soft & Sleek low-pill yarn was chosen. This yarn has very quickly become my go-to favorite yarn. It’s so soft, I can’t help holding it and rubbing it on my face. (I can’t be the only one that tests yarn softness with their cheek, right?) My family loves this yarn too. My 5-year-old has been choosing the color mixed berry lately, for all the projects I make for her. She also demanded I use the same to make our dog a sweater too. Lol.

Let’s start with the details

Yarn Bee Soft & Sleek has a net weight of 5oz. or 257 yards in each skein. It is made of 100% low pill acrylic and has a yarn weight of 4 or worsted weight. The recommended knitting needle size is 8/5mm, with a gauge of 18 stitch x 23 rows = 4″. The recommended crochet hook size is a J/6mm, with a gauge of 12sc x 15 rows = 4″.

On the label, the wash and care instructions are: machine wash cold, dry flat, do not iron, do not bleach, and do not dry clean. I have washed all my projects made with this yarn in the washing machine with cold water, and I have put them in the dryer on a normal cycle, and I haven’t had any negative results.

Texture

I have found that the majority affordably priced soft worsted weight yarns tend to be on the thin side, except for this yarn and Red Heart Soft. For example, Caron Simply Soft and Yarn Bee’s Soft Secret are soft worsted weight yarns, but they are on the thin side compared to Red Heart Super Saver or Vanna’s Choice.

The thickness of Red Heart Super Saver or Vanna’s Choice is what I would normally prefer over Caron Simply Soft, but I use Caron Simply Soft for most projects because of the softness. Red Heart Super Saver and Vanna’s Choice are too scratchy for me. They have a tendency to almost leave a yarn burn behind on my finger.

I was so happy to find Yarn Bee’s Soft & Sleek because it has the thickness and warmth similar to Vanna’s Choice, but it is much softer and squishier (is that a word?) in texture.

The only yarn, I know of, that is really similar in texture is Red Heart’s Soft. I have really enjoyed using Red Heart soft, but a major drawback is that the more you wash it, the more it pills and almost thins over time, Yarn Bee’s Soft & Sleek does not have those same problems.

Low-Pill, Really?

Yarn Bee Soft & Sleek in purple and red - You can barely tell that the red one has been through the heavy abuse of a toddler.
Yarn Bee Soft & Sleek in purple and red – You can barely tell that the red one has been through the heavy abuse of a toddler.

Now, I know everyone is wondering is this really low pill yarn, or is it just saying that? Yes, it really is low pill yarn. I have washed and washed and washed, the cardigan I made my daughter out of this gorgeous yarn and it still looks absolutely, amazing. Almost no pilling, no thinning, not stretching and possibly looks better than right after I finished it.

I was very, happily surprised by how well this yarn has held up to the rough and tumble of a 5-year-old. To the left is a picture of two beanies, a purple one that is adult-sized and just finished moments before pictures, and a red one that has been washed, worn, and abused by an 8-year old for over a month. That poor red hat has been covered in mud, candy, and been washed at least say at least 5 times. Both hats are made of Yarn Bee’s Soft& Sleek, and I really think that the red hat really shows what they mean by low pill.

Yarn Splitting

I know that we all hate yarn splitting. It’s frustrating and makes it difficult to find your rhythm. I normally have the worst trouble with yarn splitting when I am crocheting, but I am happy to say that I have had minimal splitting issues with this yarn.

The most trouble I get with splitting is when crocheting small tight stitches in my appliques or amigurumi. Personally, prefer to use this yarn to crochet, rather than knit. I am newer to knitting than to crochet, and I have an easier time with my tension when crocheting. The colors, especially in the striped and variegated colors, have a beautiful way of blending and highlighting your stitches and textures.

While knitting the splitting hasn’t been much of an issue unless I stop paying attention. I think everyone runs into that problem once in a while though, I know I do. I do have a tendency to make my stitches too tight when knitting, not just with this yarn. Not everyone is going to have this issue, I find that this yarn can almost highlight my tension mistakes when knitting.

Uses

Another drawback to is that the smaller and tighter your stitches are, the less soft and squishy texture. I don’t like using it for appliques, amigurumi (stuffed toys), washcloths or any pattern in need of small tight stitches. It is, however, perfect for sweaters, hats, blankets, scarves and oh so much more. Another downside is that it is only available at Hobby Lobby, online and in stores.

Stunning Colors - Berry Mix, Purple, and Light Grey
Stunning Colors – Berry Mix, Purple, and Light Grey

I have used this yarn for several projects so far, hats, scarves, an amigurumi, and a knit dog sweater just to name a few. My favorite of all of them is the knit copycat CC beanies I made for almost everyone in my family. It’s so soft and warm, with great elasticity and the colors and striping come out so stunning.

My Final Thoughts

I hope all of you enjoy using Yarn Bee Soft & Sleek as much as I selected. It is a pleasure to work with and cuddle into the finished projects. This fantastic yarn has so many incredible possibilities I may never run out of ways to use it. I selected yet to receive a complaint from anyone about the yarn being scratchy, pilling or losing its shape. I hope you give it a try.

If you would like more information about acrylic yarn, check out my post All About Acrylic Yarn. Are you looking for acrylic yarn, but not sure this is the one you want to use? Check out more acrylic yarn reviews like Caron Simply Soft, Lion Brand Mandala, or Yarn Bee Sweet Delight baby yarn.

I would love to see all the wonderful project everyone is or has worked up using Yarn Bee Soft & Sleek. Please comment, share and help me inspire another yarn crafters, with the Yarn Bee Soft & Sleek love.

3 thoughts on “Yarn Bee Soft & Sleek Review – My New Go-To

  1. I am not happy with this yarn because of the splitting. I am a beginner so maybe I’m doing something wrong. The yarn is soft and I love the feel of it.

    1. I doubt you are do something wrong that is causing the splitting. This yarn has some splitting issues, another yarn that is very similar in feel and weight is Lion Brand’s new Mandala Ombre yarn. I also have a review of this yarn here, and it has a lot less splitting issues.

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